Browse Exhibits (4 total)

Images of Sanctity: Holy Cards of the Catholic Church, 1800 to the Present

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Pocket-sized images of religious figures, known as Holy Cards, first appeared in the 1500s.  These cards, which were created to be carried around or simply displayed in a person’s home, allowed everyday people to bring saints and other religious figures in to their day-to-day lives.  

The Rev. Eugene Carrella, priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has one of the largest collections of historical Holy Cards in the country.  Using Fr. Carrella’s collection, this exhibit traces the changing style and function of Holy Cards from the 1800s through the present, focusing wherever possible on the connection of Holy Cards with the Archdiocese of New York.

To explore the Holy Cards featured in this exhibit, and to learn more about their use in the Archdiocese of New York, please use the menu. To find out more about visiting the physical exhibit, including hours and location, please contact the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York at 914-476-6333 or

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Sacred Music in the Archdiocese of New York


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The Great War and Catholic Memory

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The Archives of the Archdiocese of New York is commemorating the centennial of the First World War by exploring the role played by the Archdiocese's priests and lay people in the conflict, both overseas and on the home front.

Use the following links or the menu on the right to discover more about the war and how it affected the people, parishes, and historical memory of the Archdiocese of New York.

The Outbreak of War

New York Men Join the Fight

New York Priests and the War

Fundraising for the War

The Archdiocese during the War

Memorializing the War

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The Irish Mission at Watson House

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On December 4, 1885, the Rev. John J. Riordan purchased Watson House, at 7 State Street in Manhattan, and formally established the Home of the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls. Through the pioneering efforts of emigration reformer Charlotte Grace O’Brien, Fr. Riordan, and all the Catholic priests that came after him, the Mission helped over 100,000 women immigrants. This exhibit examines the work of the Mission and those who created it.

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